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September 2020 - October 2021
Paddle the length of Loch Ness and climb Ben Nevis the IGO Adventures way.FIND A DATE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
Inverness Airport (INV) / Inverness Airport (INV)
You’re at one with nature and happy to be taking on a proper challenge that has elements of the unknown. 8 hours on feet per day over 2-3 days or 3-5 hours on feet over 4 days.
Explore the best of the Scottish Highlands in this 3-day active adventure. Summit Ben Nevis, the highest point in the British Isles. Explore the calm waters of Loch Ness via a canoe trip from the historic Fort Augustus to Dores. Staying in comfortable pub accommodation, you'll have plenty of time to relax and share stories from the day's adventures with your fellow explorers.
Unfortunately, there is a large number of people who litter the trails on Ben Nevis every year. On our route back down the mountain on the more visited trail, we will support the efforts of the National Trust by taking a bin liner and picking up any rubbish we see as we head down. We'll continue these efforts on the beaches of Loch Ness as well.
Summit Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the British Isles, and canoe Loch Ness.
Local adventurer talk and pint at the Dores Inn.
We will support the efforts of the National Trust by taking a bin liner and picking up any rubbish on Ben Nevis and on the beaches of Loch Ness.
Paddle the length of Loch Ness from Fort Augustus to Dores in a 2 person canoe.
Day 1 - Arrival
You will be collected from the airport at 19:30 outside Tesco Metro, Tomnahurich Street, Inverness and shuttled to the Loch Ness Inn at Drumnadrochit where you can settle in to your room.
Meals Included: None.
Activities: Briefing instructors will run a quick intro/briefing session for the weekend ahead.
Accommodation: The Loch Ness Inn, a traditional Scottish inn built in 1838, offering accommodation with a contemporary feel – subtle colours have been used throughout to create a warm and relaxing mood to complement the age and style of the building. Original artwork by renowned Scottish artist, Dot Walker, can be found in the restaurant and bar as well as in the individually designed bedrooms.
Day 2 - Summit Ben Nevis
We plan to ascend Corie Leis, below the north face of the Ben, giving you a view of the mountain that no-one sees from the tourist route. You will then ascend towards a cairn below the summit of Ben Nevis. This route gives walkers a sense of the scale of the mountain.
Distance: 12km up to 1,345m (6hrs)
Day 3 - Canoe the length of Loch Ness
Starting from picturesque Fort Augustus and the southern end of the loch, we will paddle north along the eastern shoreline to Dores at the northern end. We will aim to build in some short breaks along the way with a longer break somewhere like Foyers or Inverfarigaig for a lunch stop.
Transfers will take people from Dores back to Inverness Airport in the evening.
Distance: 34km (8 hours)
Meals: Due to an early start a quick breakfast & packed lunch on the banks of Loch Ness (sandwiches/wraps, energy bars, crisps and we can take hot flasks for hot drinks/cuppa soups)
The Inn at Loch Ness
Inverness Airport (INV)
Inverness Airport (INV)
A big lover of the outdoors, John is often seen escaping the city whenever possible to go on adventures around Europe. Taking any opportunity for a bit of wild swimming, John loves to explore the amazing wilderness that we have on our doorstep in the UK.
Friendly, local, English-speaking and highly knowledgable
2 nights at the Loch Ness Inn
Whatever your dietary needs - healthy, delicious meals will be provided throughout, except where made explicit in the itinerary
We put on transfers to and from Inverness Airport
Everything you need for canoeing will be provided
Through collective achievement and giving back to the places we visit
Clothes appropriate for walking, including walking boots, hats, gloves, warm clothes and waterproof. Small daysack required as well.
Synthetic sports clothing, waterproof, shoes that are likely to get wet (old trainers).
It is a requirement of travelling with us that you take out a personal accident and travel insurance. In the unlikely event of an emergency, this will cover you for any need of evacuation as medical attention.
We provide a Canadian canoe (tandem) for the canoe across Loch Ness.
We can cater for all dietary requirements, just fill in the form after booking.
No particular company, but the cover should include cancelled travel and booking cancellation and personal injury.
Ben Nevis may be very cold, wet and windy at any time of year so you need to be prepared for that. Loch Ness is generally warm through the day, but there is the potential for wet and windy conditions.
Yes, in your hotel room.
Reasonably hill-fit given you will be climbing the UK's highest mountain. A reasonable level of fitness will be required for the Loch Ness paddle as you will be expected to paddle for around 8 hours.
Our Scotland adventure requires 6 people to go ahead. Please book when you're ready but hold off from purchasing flights/trains until we confirm the trip. We will do this at least 90 days prior to the trip.
If you are a group of over 4 people, please get in touch to organise a bespoke trip by clicking here.